May 18, 2007 2:06pm
Re: GD second and third orignal lp mixes
Aoxomoxoa outtakes on the Archive -
The album is the opposite of live, taking the 2 dimensions of studio recording to the absolute height - one of the 1st 16 track lps...
No Pigpen songs, no Weir lead vocals, it's perhaps the precursor of the 1st solo Garcia lp.
The final product is pure Grateful Dead, and it boasts one of the top album covers (Rick Griffin/Weir) in the psych mood. Yikes!
But like a hologram of a hot potato, it's a technical marvel (for it's time) yet comes off less like magic than ledgerdemain... is that why Jerry toned it down for the next genre ace n'... or was it all jest an an inside joke.
Why (did they - or Jerry -) remix it, I haven't read or heard yet, info please...
One comes away amazed but hungry. All the songs sound better live, though the crazed artistry of Garcia and co.'s nova blast of artificial/natural sounds. Weired but only the beginning of the perennial primal GD.
The sheer weight of the original mix with layers of studio gimmickery is at least shameless, the height of the SF acid band zap trip while the remix tries to slip under the radar and gets caught in it's own barbed wire.
Live Dead was in some ways their greatest live album, again, it was among the very first 16 track records - live this time.
This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2007-05-18 21:06:23